Jameson, I was thrilled to hear your mother tell me about your interest in popular music. I have collected albums for over twenty years now, it’s my favorite hobby. Music is like basketball – it will never get old. There is always something new and exciting that can be done, and the best have their own distinct style that separates them from the rest.
Your Grandmother Geri knew a lot about pop music. Growing up in Detroit, she was there for the Motown assault https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSZlgPxvPY8 She liked all the big names – Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the list goes on and on. Michael Jackson became famous as a child with his Motown group, the Jackson 5. These are all important names in the history of modern popular music, but it’s not rock and roll. It’s classified as rhythm and blues, or R&B. Stevie Wonder is easily one of my favorite musicians, I think your mom would say the same thing. His music is very easy to listen to, and it’s filled with positive messages and happy vibes.
Papa Tom liked rock and roll when he was growing up. The Beatles were the biggest group of the day (and of all time) but he preferred other groups like the Dave Clark Five and the Hollies. These groups are from Great Britain, and they are important groups in the history of Rock and Roll. They built on the success of Elvis Presley and his contemporaries, marking many British groups and viable forces in popular music.
Other artists that were important in shaping early popular music are Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. As you may already know, Elvis is considered to be the first “rock star”. The 5 songs he recorded in 1956 at Sun Studios in Memphis Tennessee are considered by many music the most pure rock and roll ever recorded. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8a2SKOo61I
Anyways, those artists are really old. Your mom is pretty old, she likes pretty old music. Your mom introduced me to one of my favorite all-time groups – REM. Your dad is fairly old too, he likes a group I like named Rush.
I’m not really up on what’s popular, but I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction if you’re looking to try listening to different kinds of music. It’s cool with me if you like Hip Hop, it’s not my favorite but I’ve found some over the years I really like. The Beastie Boys and Gang Starr are groups from the 1990’s I like to turn on. Hip Hop culture, along with rap music, is credited starting on the streets of New York. Some stars of early hip hop are Afrika Baambaataa, the Sugar Hill Gang, , and Kurtis Blow. I know you’ve heard that old rap song “they’re playin’ Bas ket ball…” That’s Kurtis Blow.
Personally, I have come to appreciate and love all kinds of tunes, but rock and roll with always be my favorite. I’ve listened heavily to Jazz, Blues, Funk, R&B, and Country and Western Music, and there are artists in each category I like a lot. I don’t listen to much “new” music, primarily because I think the best musical ideas hatched in the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s. I don’t like loud music very much and I don’t listen to heavy metal. I do like the youtube video of you singing “Sweet Home Alabama” on the pool table.
I keep this blog because it gives me an outlet for my musical ideas. Nobody reads it, but it’s something to do, like an art project. If you want to see what I like and get some insight into what your Uncle Buh is all about, keep reading.